Lower School Author Visits

Bringing the World of Books to Severn

Every year, we host an award-winning children's author and/or illustrator to share their experiences with our students. These are often whole-school events including presentations, readings and workshops. Each visit inspires our students to look outside the bounds of our community and think about their connection to the greater world. 

List of 4 news stories.

  • Grab Those Ideas, Write Them Down, and Celebrate!

    What makes someone an author? Writing and sharing your stories! Last week, award-winning children’s book author Erica S. Perl took our preschool through second-grade students on a journey through her life as a writer and into the captivating (and hilarious!) characters in her books. With a positive and sincere message, she encouraged our young students to read everything and share their stories no matter how big or small.
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  • Author Steven Sheinken takes questions from our 4th and 5th grade audience.

    Time Twisters: Author Educates Severn School Students About The Past

    Article by Severna Park Voice journalist Zach Sparks, reprinted with permission
    Severn School students were treated to an atypical lesson on April 22 as they were regaled with tales of Abraham Lincoln as a professional wrestler, Abigail Adams as a Caribbean pirate, and the reckless Benedict Arnold, who, as the kids learned, was a hero before he was a traitor. Those tales came courtesy of author Steve Sheinkin, who traveled from New York to speak with students about his books and the writing process.
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  • Author Evan Turk with Dominic '26, Sabrina '27 and Addison '25

    Author Evan Turk Brings Storytelling to Severn Lower School

    A hush filled the Louise Sivy Theater as Lower School students filed in to meet award-winning author Evan Turk last Wednesday, November 1st. After working for weeks on projects related to Turk’s books, our first through fifth graders were anxious to get a peek behind the scenes at the life and work of a professional writer and artist. Our young readers were mesmerized as Turk brought to life the characters from his most recent book, The Storyteller, and guided us through the process of researching, writing and illustrating his Moroccan tale.
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  • Around the Park: Author's Workshops Benefit Severn School Students

    Reprinted with permission from Sharon Lee Tegler of the Capital Gazette. Read the article in its original location here

    Fourth-graders gathered in the media center at Severn's Lower School on March 29 were fascinated by children's book author Karen Lynn Williams' talk and advice. They'd been studying how to write and illustrate a book with media/arts teacher Pilar Okeson and were well-prepared. Williams, who has 14 children's books to her credit, has also penned a mystery, a book of poems and several other works. She's spent extensive time living abroad with her husband Peter, a doctor.
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Lower School

Preschool-Grade 5
Chesapeake Campus
1185 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd
Arnold, MD 21012

Middle/Upper School

Grade 6-12
Teel Campus
Severna Park, MD 21146